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Parents of young children, lumber camp cooks, and patrons of The Old Spanish Sugar Mill in DeLeon Springs, Florida all know the same thing: The first pancake you make is never the best pancake.

At The Old Spanish Sugar Mill, where the wooden tables are outfitted with inset griddles, restaurant customers since 1961 have poured batter from speckled pitchers. But the batter has to rest, the grill has to get hotter, and the self-appointed chefs have to locate the right wrist flick before they can produce pancakes that justify the two-plus hours they waited for a seat.


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